• Stephanie McMahon Comments On Dean Ambrose Leaving WWE And Going To AEW
Stephanie McMahon recently appeared on the Bill Simmons podcast and was asked whether she thinks competition is a good thing for WWE.
Keep in mind that during the Monday Night Wars, when the World Wrestling Federation had its greatest competitor in history with Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling, the sport of professional wrestling had more fans worldwide than ever before and ever since.
Tony Khan’s AEW has yet to grow as a promotion, so till recently it only competed in a Wednesday night ratings battle with WWE’s NXT brand.
Here’s what the ‘Billion Dollar Princess’ had to say:
“I think having a competitor, it always makes you, it’s not that we never had a competitor.
We just look at everything as competitive, anything that’s competing for eyeballs and attention is a competitor.
We’re all competing against each other, but in terms of a direct wrestling competitor, I think hopefully, it’s going to make you a better company. It’s going to make you re-examine everything that you do and do it to the best of your capability.
I think that it’s always a good thing. It can make you better and stronger.”
Stephanie was then asked about Dean Ambrose leaving the WWE in 2019 and jumping ship to All Elite Wrestling, where he’s now known as Jon Moxley.
Here’s what she said about the situation:
“He was leaving anyway, and I do believe that was a mutual decision.
Though, I wasn’t a part of those conversations, his case is a little bit different, but I remember back when it was WCW and the Monday Night Wars and our talent were getting stripped away and showing up on their show.
I think it taught us a lot about business. Handshake deals don’t necessarily matter at the end of the day.
You need to have contracts. You need to do business differently. I think those were some of the key learnings from that time.
From this time, we’ll see where it all shakes out, but yes, we’re constantly talking about how we can be better and what we can do better because we always want to be the best company that we can be for our fans, for our shareholders, for employees, for our talent.
We want to be the best.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (April 15, 2001) – WWF Sunday Night HEAT
On this day in 2001, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Sunday Night HEAT’.
It was broadcasted from the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Backlash 2001’ PPV.
The match-card can be found right here:
1. Perry Saturn vs. Billy Gunn
2. D-Von Dudley vs. X-Pac
3. WWF Light Heavyweight Title: Crash Holly vs. Grandmaster Sexay